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Homework Help: Coulomb Integral for Diatomic Hydrogen Ion

  1. Nov 16, 2011 #1

    jgens

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    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    What does the non-negativity of the Coulomb Integral for H2+ suggest about the relative strengths of the attractive electron-proton force and the repulsive proton-proton forces?

    2. Relevant equations

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    3. The attempt at a solution

    I want to say that it means the repulsive proton-proton force is greater since

    [tex]J = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \overline{\mathrm{1s}}_A \left(\frac{1}{R} - \frac{1}{r_B}\right)\mathrm{1s}_A \mathrm{d}\mathbf{r}[/tex]

    but I'm not sure if I've got the right idea here.
     
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